Last visit of the year

By , October 16, 2011 5:14 pm
Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

When I lived in NJ I paid attention to the migrating birds. In Spring, I knew when the Warblers came in and what the peak times for migration were. Fall migration seems more extended. Some birds are going South by mid August, but birds are still migrating in October. In Minnesota migration seasons aren’t quite as dramatic but the end result in Fall  is far more grim. The number of birds one can see on any one day is very small. Given the weather, conditions aren’t conducive to long treks in state park. So, we are bidding our yearly farewell to both our Summer friends such as the Chipping Sparrow and Fall visitors like the Harris’s Sparrow.

Harris's Sparrow

Harris's Sparrow

As of today we still have the White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows. We have had 4 days in a row of strong North-westerly winds. The Sapsuckers and the last of the Warblers have gone. Looking at past years I would assume that the White-throateds and Whited-crowneds will soon be gone. Below is a shot of a Yellow-rumped Warbler. They were all over the place only 4 days ago and now they seem to be gone.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Update: at least one Harris’s Sparrow is still with us as of 10/17/11

One Response to “Last visit of the year”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I am going to miss the fall migrating birds! I think my favorite ones are the Harris Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and White-throated sparrows. They are all beautiful! This wind we have had really puts a damper on seeing (or hearing) any birds. We haven’t had any goldfinch for at least 2 days. At least, we haven’t seen any! Maybe if the wind calms down, we’ll get some again.

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